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[pur-muh-kuhl-cher] /ˈpɜr məˌkʌl tʃər/
a system of cultivation intended to maintain permanent agriculture or horticulture by relying on renewable resources and a self-sustaining ecosystem.
Related forms
permaculturist, permaculturalist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for permaculture
  • permaculture, local farming and local organic farming is the way to solve all our food problems and uses less petrol to do so.
  • For example, they host tree planting dance parties and teach kids circus skills while throwing in tips on permaculture.
  • The eco-ideology known as permaculture has entered the mainstream.
  • In fact some of the species promoted by permaculture can be serious environmental weeds.
  • Bill began by defining permaculture and stressed his belief that it is the foundation of green building and sustainable design.
  • Examples include, alley space or sidewalk gardens, and collective or permaculture gardens.
  • They also span the agricultural spectrum, from permaculture to potatoes and clover to community-supported agriculture.
  • It needs to be written into the city plan to create more space and funding for permaculture and renewable energy.
British Dictionary definitions for permaculture


the practice of producing food, energy, etc, using ways that do not deplete the earth's natural resources
Word Origin
C20: coined by Bill Mollison (born 1928), Australian ecologist, from perma(nent agri)culture
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Contemporary definitions for permaculture
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Word Origin and History for permaculture

by 1978, from permanent + agriculture or culture.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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